UPDATE: Two dead after shooting incident at Des Moines school centre in Iowa

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Two students are reported to have died after shots were fired at a school facility in Des Moines, Iowa.

Monday, January 23 at 11:30pm

Two students died as a result of the shooting incident earlier today in Des Moines. A third person, believed to be a teacher, was wounded and is reported to be in a critical condition in a hopsital.

A police spokesperson said that ‘there was nothing random’ about the attack and the victims were deliberately targeted. Information on the two deceased has not been released.

Witnesses described a getaway vehicle used by the alleged perpetrators and a car matching the description was stopped by cops just two miles from the scene of the shooting. Its occupants reportedly attempted to escape but three suspects were subsequently detained by the police, as reported by dailymail.co.uk.

Monday, January 23 at 9:27pm

A multiple shooting incident that occurred this afternoon, Monday, January 23, at a youth-oriented nonprofit centre in the Iowa city of Des Moines has left three people wounded. The incident occurred at around 1:30pm at 455 S.W. Fifth St.

Paul Parizek, a spokesperson for Des Moines Police Department confirmed that two persons were transferred to a local hospital. One was a teacher at the centre, while a second is in a critical condition he detailed, as reported by eu.desmoinesregister.com.

The building where the shooting took place – located in an office park – is home to ‘Starts Right Here’. It is an educational mentorship program designed to help young people in the neighbourhood. The facility is affiliated with Des Moines Public Schools and was founded by Will Holmes, a local rapper whose stage name is Will Keeps.

Shortly after the shooting, two individuals were arrested in a vehicle that was spotted leaving the location. The police spokesman said it had not yet been confirmed whether they were involved.

“Thx to first responders & law enforcement for promptly responding. Praying for all those affected”, tweeted U.S. Sen Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. he added that he was “monitoring reports of a shooting in Des Moines at Starts Right Here charter school”.

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